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Melinda Micco to Discuss Public Policy and Tribal Self Determination 

Oakland, CA -Melinda Micco, associate professor of ethnic studies at Mills College, has been invited to speak to the upcoming Oxford University Round Table on “Diversity in Society.” Her paper is tentatively entitled "Public Policy and Tribal Self Determination: Impacts on Gender Relations, Genocide, and Reproductive Abuses."

Her paper will include an examination of government and military decisions that dramatically changed tribal structure, male and female roles, boarding school experiences, removal policies, relocation programs and tribal termination. Micco will research approximately 200 years of public policy decisions that continue to have a bearing on contemporary Indigenous nations.

The Round Table will take place from March 25-30, 2007 at Oxford University’s Lincoln College, one of the world’s oldest academic institutions.

The Oxford Round Table promotes human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education. It provides a forum for considering current issues facing state and national systems of education. The Round Table meets periodically and each session is comprised of a small, select group of leaders from the public and private sectors of several countries. Past members of the Round Table have included ministers of education, members of Parliament, U.S. governors, and other outstanding educational leaders.

Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering innovative degree programs for undergraduate women, and graduate degree and certificate programs for women and men. Consistently recognized as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Mills currently ranks among the top 20 most diverse liberal arts colleges. The New York Times recently selected Mills as one of three leading California colleges for students to consider.

This year, the Washington Monthly College Rankings (September 2006) named Mills a leading liberal arts college based on community service, research spending, quality of preparation for graduate education, and social mobility. In addition, The Princeton Review’s annual guide, the Best 361 Colleges (2007) included Mills for the second year in a row among top U.S. institutions offering students an outstanding undergraduate education.

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California on 135 lush acres, Mills provides a dynamic liberal arts education fostering women’s leadership, social responsibility, and creativity.

Deborah Dallinger
Communications Consultant

Last Updated: 11/28/06